Managing the K-6 Learning Environment

Course code EDUC2185Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

In this course students will explore child development, student well-being, mental health, and their relationship to the management of learning; principles and practices for establishing a productive learning environment; and frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours. The course provides opportunities for pre-service Primary teachers to analyse school policies; to plan and teach lessons using a variety of technologies and strategies; assess student learning; and to evaluate their own classroom management beliefs and practices through a full time 20 day block of professional experience in a Primary school setting.

This course has a compulsory full time 20-day placement.

The University of Newcastle, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and our education partners in schools and centres require that all students demonstrate a commitment to professional teaching practice by attending and engaging in lectures, tutorials and other activities provided by the university within our Teacher Education programs.

Students’ professional commitment to teaching will be assessed by a 100% attendance requirement at sessions indicated as compulsory in the course outline. These lectures are compulsory because they present information that is critical to successful completion of the placement.

Attendance will be recorded on rolls available at the entrance to lecture theatres and/or tutorial rooms. Students should ensure that they allow sufficient time to be marked as present and provide adequate identification.

Students who arrive late and leave early without prior arrangement with the course coordinator will be deemed to have not completed the attendance requirement. If students leave the activity early and fail to identify themselves a second roll will be taken upon conclusion to the activity.

If a student fails to attend a compulsory session the student is responsible for contacting course coordinator within three (3) working days to request permission to complete a supplementary assessment task. This task will cover the same information that was in the missed session. These tasks will be pass/fail only and will not include written feedback. All replacement tasks are to be submitted at least two weeks before the commencement of the placement.

Students who have not complied with any of these requirements will not be provided with a placement.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. relate child development theory, and student well-being and mental health research, to the management of learning;
2. critically analyse and apply principles, policies, and practices for establishing and maintaining a productive learning environment;
3. apply frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours;
4. demonstrate effective communication skills to support classroom discussion; and
5. demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through professional experience.
Content* Child development, student well-being and mental health.
* Principles, policies and practices for establishing a productive learning environment that supports the positive participation of all students in the educational activities of the school.
* Frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours.
* Graduate Teacher Standards.
Replacing Course(s)EDUC2048, EDUC2049, EDST2050, and EDST2060
TransitionStudents who have completed successfully EDU2048 and EDUC2049 or EDST2050 and EDST2060 will be deemed to have completed EDUC2185 successfully.
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC1008 or EDUC1045, EDUC2744 and 60 units of study. EDUC1738 should be undertaken concurrently or previously.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practicum
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment Item 1 - Classroom Management Portfolio - Pass/Fail - 2000 words

Submit a Classroom Management Portfolio, consisting of the following three parts:

1. Classroom Management Position Statement
2. QT Analysis
3. Professional Teaching Standards Reflection

Each part of this Portfolio must provide evidence of your: knowledge and understanding of the course content; growing competency in professional reflection; and (at least) reasonable progress towards attainment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Assessment item must be passed to pass this course.
ReportsAssessment Item 2 - Professional Experience Report - Pass/Fail - 2000 words

To pass this course you must successfully complete a full time 20 day block of supervised professional experience in a primary setting, focused where possible, on teaching in your first teaching area.

During the Professional Experience placement, you will be required to demonstrate quality planning, teaching and assessment using a variety of technologies and strategies; and apply principles and practices for establishing and maintaining a productive (challenging, engaging, and supportive) learning environment.

Students will be assessed by cooperating teachers against the Graduate Teacher Standards.
A pass (ungraded) will be recommended when:

1. The School of Education receives the original signed report indicating that the student has met requirements;

and

2. The relevant Assistant Director of Professional Experience confirms that all requirements to pass the course have been met.
Requirements include teaching deemed to demonstrate an acceptable level of attainment against the Graduate Teacher Standards; completion of lesson plans, self-evaluation tasks, and debriefing sessions with the cooperating teacher.

Your Professional Experience Report must evidence successful completion of 20 days of supervised professional experience as a pre-service teacher in a school setting i.e. that you have made at least satisfactory progress towards achieving the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Assessment item must be passed to pass this course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Tutorial: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentFor program 12216 - Must have completed EDUC2065, EDUC2102, EDUC3075, EDUC2103, EDUC2747, EDUC3745, MATH1900, PUBH2020
For Program 12215 - Must have completed EDUC1008, EDUC2744, SCIM2030, HIST1051, PUBH2030 (FSHN1021), MATH1900, AART1010, LING1110
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (12216) or Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Arts (12215)
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC2185